Man guilty and convicted for hindering EPA investigation


A western Sydney man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced in Parramatta Local Court for failing to provide information to the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) during an investigation into illegal dumping.

Mr Rabih El Zaher was convicted and received a fine of $6,000 for not providing records requested during an EPA investigation into the alleged disposal of building and demolition waste, including potential asbestos waste, at a property in Fullerton.

EPA Executive Director Regulatory Operations Carmen Dwyer said cooperation during investigations was essential.

“The EPA often requires assistance when gathering information for our investigations to protect the environment,” Ms Dwyer said.

“Mr El Zaher was issued with a notice by the EPA to provide details of vehicle movements and waste transport at a Fullerton premises, which he failed to produce.”

The Court found Mr El Zaher guilty after the EPA made several attempts to obtain the information from him regarding movements of a vehicle registered to him.

The Court also ordered Mr El Zaher to comply with the notice issued by the EPA and provide the required information and records within 14 days or he could face further sanctions.

The EPA’s investigation into the alleged illegal dumping incident is continuing.

People can report concerns regarding illegal dumping to the Environment Line on 131 555.


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